Did you heart pound the first time you saw UT Tower, looming 307 feet above you? Did it make you feel small and yet, at the same time, strong and significant as a part of something bigger than yourself? Perhaps you were touring college campuses and upon stepping onto The University of Texas at Austin‘s fabled Forty Acres and beholding it, you knew that you’d found somewhere you belonged.

If any of those sentiments sound familiar, then these 10 inspiring photos of UT Tower are going to stir up all kinds of nostalgic feels for you as you remember not only the first time you ever set foot on campus and set eyes on UT Tower, but also all of the many other priceless milestones that you experienced throughout your time as a Longhorn, including your first football game, the first time you got to pet Bevo, graduation…

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Yep — it’s better if you just go ahead and let it happen:

I am so happy that I went to school here. Best decision of my life. #universityoftexas #utaustin

A photo posted by Chase Chesnutt (@chasechesnutt) on

Fun morning walk #longhorns #hookem #austin #utaustin #risummit16

A photo posted by Charlee Williamson (@charleewilliamson) on

Wandering the Forty Acres during #UTgrad week? Take a moment to notice the @landmarksut collection.

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It's a bea-UT-iful night for commencement! ??Congratulations, #UT16! #HookEm?oneclass.utexas.edu #UTTower

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What a great day to be a longhorn ??? #hookem #utaustin #uttower #UTEntry #UT40for40

A photo posted by Manasa Tipparam (@mtipparam) on

Now that we’ve got you thoroughly inspired and weepy, be sure to check out some of the following great articles we’ve published about reasons we love The University of Texas. Hook ’em!

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Featured photo: Flickr user Shane Pope, CC licensed